Friday, January 12 at 4:00pm
A. Paul Schaap Science Center, 1000
35 East 12th Street, Holland, MI 49423-3605
Bacteria can self-replicate and grow rapidly, essentially providing an endless supply that can be maintained and stored easily. Bacteria are also highly capable of evolving, over a relatively short time period, new traits that provide them with a fitness advantage (just think of antibiotic resistance). What if we could take these aspects of bacteria and use them to develop sensors that can help scientists do science quicker and better? This talk will provide examples of how the Liu Lab is trying to do just that.
Biography: Jane Liu is an assistant professor of chemistry at Pomona College. Dr. Liu received her B.A. in Biochemistry from Swarthmore College and her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University. She also trained as a TEACRS/NIGMS postdoctoral fellow at Tufts University School of Medicine, in the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology. Dr. Liu began her independent career at Drew University in 2009, before joining the faculty at Pomona College in 2012. Dr. Liu’s research program at Pomona, which draws on her training as both a chemist and a biologist, focuses on studying the molecular mechanisms of gene expression regulation in Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent of cholera. Her lab also investigates the use of molecular evolution to develop whole-cell biosensors. These projects are funded by the NIH, the NSF, and the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation. In her independent career, Dr. Liu has trained 36 undergraduate students in her research lab and she has taught a variety of courses including General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, and a course on analyzing scientific literature.